Warcraft - Arcadia Brewing Company
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
Can't write much; at the bar. Biased to the style; this one is appreciable because the flavor is not overdone and the mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp and clean. And there's bourbon, an attribute that usually accompanies an overly aggressive flavor and an overwhelming mouthfeel. B-Craft is great, and I'd consider this an improvement.
11-17-2012 00:33:21 | More by TheBigLebrewski
4.23/5 rDev +5.5%
Served in a snifter glass, on draft. Appearance is majestic, a murky opaque dark brown, even held up to light. Very much like a Guinness, only not as thick. There is a nice ring of white around the glass, with a small amount of residual microscopic bubbling in the middle.
Smells richly of sweet toffee and a roasted malty aroma. A very obscure red-licorice aroma prevails as well. It's uncanny, but smells exactly like original, strawberry Twizzlers.
Taste is impeccable. The roasted malt character comes through the strongest, after a very sweet, bourbon-heavy caramelly draw. The hop notes sit far behind the rest of the sweet malty blend; the finish is smooth and buttery, like a bitter merlot with a creme brûlée note. A later burp brings up a strong caramel corn flavor.
Mouthfeel is very syrupy but refreshing. The texture sits heavily in my mouth, with a slight sting on the tongue when savoring a sip. Overall though, it lacks the coating quality that a draught Guinness leaves.
Overall, this beer is wonderful. It will suit a dessert setting fairly as well as any enjoyable after-work beer or breakfast drink. I had one during a morning round of golf prior to drinking this one post-round and it paired wonderfully with a donut and a Snickers Bar. Other than pasta or fish, I can't imagine this beer goes wrong with anything as the balance of hops to sweet and booze is unmatched. I find myself very skeptical of other barreled ales and IPAs, as I think the room for error is greater than with porters or stouts, but this beer embodies exactly what a barreled ale should be. Maybe it's the BPA vs. IPA or other pales, but this beer it excellent regardless. If I ever come across this beer on tap anywhere, I WILL order it.
10-07-2012 19:07:09 | More by Fanhitter
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Served on draft in a snifter at George Murphy's in Livonia, Michigan.
Appearance- Pours oily black with a finger of creamy tan head, which quickly disappears with minimal lacing. A bit leggy on the glass with each sip. Retains a halo of white head around the edge of the glass. A nice looking dark brew.
Smell- A floral bouquet of roses, peaches, bourbon barrels, Irish cream, honey, Carmel, toffee, cappuccino.
Taste- Turbinado sugary draw, with a big boozy whiskey hit, followed by a strong hoppy bitterness, coffee, cinnamon, spices, creme brûlée. Finishes a bit boozy with a oaky, spicy whiskey note. Aftertaste is a lingering chocolaty bourbon toffee flavor. Not overly hoppy for an IPA of any variety, but given the barrel treatment, it is understandable.
Mouthfeel- Viscous, minimally carbonated, leaving a sticky, puckery feeling in your mouth for a few seconds.
Overall- a great barrel aged black IPA. Unique, tasty and a beer that is right in my wheelhouse. I would never hesitate to get this one again. I hope they bottle this one. I would be curious how well it ages.
09-27-2012 20:37:35 | More by SaisonRichBiere
3.28/5 rDev -18.2%
Warcraft is the bourbon barrel aged version of Arcadia's B-Craft Black Double IPA. I had it on tap at the brewery on 8/10/12.
Served in a pint glass, the aroma was a mild maltiness with a hidden note of citurs. From the initial aroma, it was hard to detect barrel aging. The initial taste was mild black licorice with a hint of vanilla. Any sense of an IPA was mild, suggested by notes of Earthy hops. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, leaving little lacing on the glass. The aftertaste was moderately warming. The malts turned somewhat sour by this phase and the hops became virtually absent. Without being told, I would not have known this to be a barrel aged beer. Certainly, it is one of the least exciting barrel aged beers I have had.
08-12-2012 23:02:16 | More by JohnnyHopps
Warcraft from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.